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Re: “Burlington City Council Urges Nurses, Hospital to Settle Their Differences

What is the exact point of milquetoast "resolutions" like this? "Figure it out?" Gee, thanks, City Council, for the constructive assistance. Looks like you're trying to have your cake and eat it, too. Fortunately, most of the community can see right through it.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/17/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

I hope the union does hold another strike vote immediately. It's already clear that Whelan has no intention of re-negotiating in good faith. And the fact that she was willing to spend $3m over two days to AVOID paying nurses what they're worth, as opposed to spending approximately $4.6m over an entire year* to pay them what they ARE worth, speaks volumes as to her priorities.

The community is behind you, nurses. Patients before profits!!

*$14m difference between what the nurses are requesting and the hospital is offering, divided by three years.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/16/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Nurses Picket as Strike Starts at UVM Medical Center

@Scuba: "Healthcare costs are already beyond ridiculous."

Absolutely. But instead of blaming the nurses, let's examine the true root causes and work to change THOSE:

- Outlandish executive compensation
- Outrageous insurance premiums, and deductibles that mean most people can't even use their insurance
- Pharmaceutical company price gouging
- Policies that favor all three industries, and NONE that favor regular Americans

Nurses need our support. They're fighting for us, too. Brumsted, Whelan, and other multi-million-dollar "earners" -- none of whom are on the front lines of care -- don't give a rodent's bum about anything but profits, and anyone but themselves.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/13/2018 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Nurses Picket as Strike Starts at UVM Medical Center

"In the end, the organization could not responsibly meet BRUMSTED'S and TOP ADMINISTRATORS' wage demands, and also meet all of the other responsibilities we have to our NURSES, patients and families, our employees, and the communities we serve.

There, Eileen: fixed it for ya.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/12/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

//hospital representatives will not sit in the same room as them and instead plan to rely on a federal mediator to relay information between the two sides.//

Cowards. Brumstead and his fellow executives make me sick.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/07/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Lakeview Mobile Home Park in Shelburne to Be Sold

Because Pecor doesn't have enough money ...

Best wishes to the residents; I hope they can purchase at a fair price; one that accounts for all of the deferred maintenance they'll likely inherit.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/01/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

How does one negotiate "in good faith" while at the same time recruiting scabs to cover a possible strike?

Sounds disingenous to say the least.

Patients, not profits!

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Posted by Oleander on 06/07/2018 at 4:13 PM

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